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Seniors & Seizures: A Training Program for Caregivers and Senior-Serving Organizations

Epilepsy is not always the first possibility that comes to mind when an older adult has a seizure or related episode. Its clinical presentation can resemble other conditions that are common in the older population, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumors, brain surgery, serious infections, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, chronic alcoholism, toxic/metabolic disturbances, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia.

Seniors and Seizures Training

The Epilepsy Foundation’s Seniors & Seizures Training is designed to provide caregivers and staff of adult day care centers, senior centers, long-term facilities, nursing homes, and other senior-serving organizations with strategies to better recognize and respond to seizures among older adults.

Participants can:

  • Receive FREE Seniors & Seizures Training in-person
  • Receive FREE Seniors & Seizures Training online (NEW)

Upon completing the training, participants will be able to

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy and how it affects the older population
  • Identify, recognize, and respond to different types of seizures in older adults

Find a local Epilepsy Foundation near you to request Seniors & Seizures Training.

For additional information, e-mail our program manager or call 1-800-332-1000.

About the Training

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Course No. RPWD 2923

This free, interactive course is designed to teach and equip staff in senior-serving organizations to deliver “Seniors and Seizures” content at their agency.

Course modules include:

  • Seizure and Epilepsy Basics
  • Recognizing Seizures
  • Responding to Seizures
  • Impact of Epilepsy & Older Adults

By completing the course, Seniors & Seizures will be able to:

  • Recognize 3 types of seizures that are most common in older adults
  • Identify 5 signs or symptoms of epilepsy in older adults
  • List 3 first aid steps to help older adults having a seizure
  • List 3 possible causes of epilepsy and seizures in older adults
  • Identify 3 ways epilepsy impacts the older adult population

Questions & Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy; however, the course is intended for senior serving organizations that want an introduction to seizure identification and first aid strategies. People who may benefit from the course include

  • Administrators
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Students
  • Social Workers
  • Case Workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Day Care Providers
  • Senior Caregivers

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are 4 required modules in the training. Each module takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

You need access to a computer with reliable internet, and the browser you use must support JavaScript.

How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.

How long is the posttest?

The posttest consists of several multiple-choice questions.

Instructions for Course Credits

Continuing Education (CE) for this course is only available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Please follow the instructions provided below. You must complete the online evaluation 30 days after your live training to receive your CE credit or your certificate of completion.

To complete online evaluation:

  • Go to CDC TCEO at http://www.cdc.gov/tceonline/. Select Participant Login to login. If you are new to TCEO, select New Participant to create a user ID and password.
  • Once logged on to CDC TCEO, the Participant Services page will display. Select the Search and Register link. Select the CDC Courses link at the bottom right of the search page.
  • The next page will ask for the CDC Center/Course Code. The code for this course will be provided by your presenter. Enter the course code and select View.
  • Click on the course name, and the course information page will display. Scroll down to Register Here. Select the type of CE that you would like to receive and then select Submit.
  • The next page requests demographic information. New participants are required to answer the demographic questions. Returning participants please verify this information and select Submit.
  • A message will display thanking you for registering for the course. If you have already completed the course, you may select the option to take the evaluation.
  • If you have not completed the course, you will be directed back to Participant Services. Under Evaluations and Tests, you may access the course detail page, the course link, or the evaluation and/or posttest after completing the course.
  • Complete the evaluation and Submit. If a posttest is required, it will follow the evaluation. A record of your course completion and your CE certificate will be posted in the Transcript and Certificate section located on the Participant Services page.

If you have any questions or problems, please use the link below to contact:

CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online (TECO) at https://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/comments.asp.

Course Contact Information

Please email cdcprogram@efa.org with any questions regarding this course material.

Accreditation Statements & Policies

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.25 contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer .1 CEUs for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to (1) total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are (0). CDC provider number 98614.

CPH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (1) CPH recertification credits for this program. CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance, please contact NBPHE at http://www.NBPHE.org.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

To receive continuing education (CE):

  1. Complete the activity
  2. Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/TCEOnline
  3. Pass the posttest at 80% at www.cdc.gov/TCEOnline

FEES: There are no fees for CE.